Hi everyone we are in Opua after having a great 7 day passage from Fiji. We arrived 0100 on the 16/11 cleared customs am and now in the marina waited for our boat importation process, might be a week before we head south. Has been great catching up with fellow cruisers and enjoying the All Points Rally fun put in by ICA
just leaving Lautoka for Opua with a tight weather window from Clouds- theo on board for this leg which will be great- leaving with another NZ yacht Kapai
Sitting off Lautoka having done a few prep jobs towards next week homeward sail to NZ/
Anchored at Musket Cove. Great sail over from Vuda Marina yesterday- calm and still this morning though lots of boats here
Anchored up at Mantaray pass- great snorkelling with these big guys- lots of boats and people here- caught another nice Walu on the way in- weather great and water warm
Having a great explore around the north Coast of Vanua Levu- stopped at Also Is then Malau and now anchored at Naduri - all well
Arrived at Savusavu this morning from Vava'u, a great fast trip just over 2 1/2 days- great to be here and now I'm easterly longitude and same time zone as NZ- first time in two years
Still in Vava'u but heading up to Nuiatoputapu ( new potatoes) 160mls tomorrow morning- weather looks great but left over swell still up-
Heading Hunga today- had great fun yesterday snorkeling with Noah & Aiden saw whales close as well
Anchored up in the lee of Ouleva Is - Ha'apais - pretty windy today, up to 28 knts- a bit chilly too- must be getting soft- all well on board- will head back to Foa Is e d of week and Vava'u in the weekend
Anchored in Alofi Harbour - our 4th night here in Niue. stunning place. tomorrow we're off to Ha'apais Tonga. getting closer to New Zealand now
Bora Bora- French Poly our last stop before the Cook Is Raro - lovely here just like the travel photos portray
anchored in 30ft in Papawa harbour outside Yacht Club Tahiti after a 245 mile trip down from the Tuamotus hopefully no more hand steering
halfway to Oa Pou from Nuku Hiva- wind 24-28 ese with lumpy seas- two reefs in main and small headsail- nicely balanced- handsteering-
Anchored up at Taiaohae Bay, Nuka Hiva after a 70 mile overnight we from Tahuata Is- started out very pleasant and ended with a welcoming 35 knt rain squal on entering- all good in board- will be at Nuka Hiva for a couple of weeks
moving along nicely although having to sail a little higher than we would like as the wind is directly behind. We are approximately 380 miles (1200 local time ) from Futu Hiva our destination at the Marquesas. It's been 17 days at sea soo far, another two hopefully. Daily runs have had us making great progress. All well on board. Sula going really well. Caught o very big Skipjack tuna yesterday nudging 30+ Lbs. Stu & Lesley Sula
gliding along at 0500 local time, warm with flat seas, we have just got to our halfway point between Galapagos and Marquesas, 9 days, woohoo, counting down now, all well on board with lots of fish, reading, sleeping and the odd repair and maintenance.
Just leaving Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz for Marquesas hopefully will be able to get s bit of wind early
Anchored noe off Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz with stern anchor out- great town with lots to see- small sharks, turtles and seals around the boat, even skipjack tuna
Sitting at anchor in Villamil. Just been to the local Saturday markets, checking emails etc- will be heading to Santa Cruz tomorrow night for a slow overnight sail. no seals in the boat cockpit last night
Arrived in San Cristobal two days ago , Clearing in was easy with the friendly officials coming on board. Fascinating place place and a privilege to be here, we will make the most of it. Weather warm and sea cool. big job trying to keep the sealions from making their home in the cockpit.
midnight $ drifting towards our waypoint off Puerto Moreno on San Cristobal for a morning arrival with a double reefed main. Lots of yellowfin tuna caught yesterday. All well on board. Mostly Motored the last 2 days although did have the big genny up the odd time.
left Las Perlas yesterday with a great weather window but after 14 hours of great sailing, now in doldrum conditions. 7knt Northerly, clear sky's and lumpy seas, all well on board. 3 tuna so far. Stu & Lesley
Isla Mogo Mogo- lovely anchorage- calm night with light winds - nice
Anchored up at Zbalboa Yacht Club. Noisey with lots of ships and water chilly- nice to be in the pacific
Just in the second Gatun lock heading for Gatun Lake for the night- halfway through Panama Canal all going well
just about at Shelter Bay on the Caribbean side of Pamama Canal
just left Aruba for Panama- this time with a new rudder
at anchor in Airport Anchorage, Aruba. Cleared out this afternoon and will be setting off for Panama in the morning first thing. delayed our exit for Otto to pass through San Blas. 650 miles to San Blas. will try to post using Iridium Go along the way
We are now at anchor in Airport Bay, Oranjestad, Aruba after a windless rolly night motorsail from Curacao.
Anchored in Fuik Baai - Curacao lovely spot
Arrived in Curacao after a great sail across from Bonaire- spent the night at Klein Curacao on the way
Bonaire- fantastic diving and hiking- Mathew has left unscathed with ripple effects from a large system. Settling down now. Bonaire is a Marine Park so anchoring prohibited- must pick up and pay for a Park mooring ball off the town beach.
Just arrived from Bequia via Aves de Sotavento for a night- Venezuela. Great trip of 480mls. 15-25 knts easterly trades. Good passage. Great Customs, Immigration and Coast Guard experience. Looking forward to the diving and land exploring
Leaving Bequia for Bonaire
at anchor outside Blue Lagoon. Over on St Vincent for the day
Arrived back in Port Elizabeth, Bequia 2am this morning after a great 70mile beat in mostly 15-18knts and flat water average of 6 knts. no fish!!! nice to be back for a few weeks visiting friends and preparing for the next passage south to Bonaire around the middle of Sept. beautiful clear water here compared to the southern bays of Grenada.
Back in the water now after a bottom job and a polish. ready for Bequia next week then Bonaire passage during full moon September.
Anchored up in Benjie's Bay opposite Clarkes Court Marina getting Sula ready for her haulout on Monday for and antifoul and bottom check. last time before heading home across the Pacific via Panama at the end of the year. Hurricane season here at present. Will be in Bonaire and the ABC's end of Sept
Just arrived here in St David's Harbour after a great sail down the windward side of Grenada. Nobody here!!! Great after a very social fun time in Tyrell Bay, Cariacou. Two barracouta and a Bigeye Jack. Yum. Average 6.4 knots (9.3 max)for the 40 miles. Carnival her this weekend and hash house harriers tomorrow.
Now at Clarkes Court Bay. less rolly here and good wifi
At anchor off St Georges - Grenada
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